"I didn't have the normal childhood" - Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie has hit back at European vice-captain Annika Sorenstam again and insisted that hitting the books has made her all grown up.
Ten-time major winner Sorenstam believes the big hitting Hawaiian has made a mistake by mixing the tour with her degree at Stanford University and isn’t “mentally strong enough to finish at the top.”
But as she prepares to lead the US in Solheim Cup battle with Europe at Killeen Castle this week, Wie reckons that mixing books and birdies was just what she needed to make up for a lost childhood.
LPGA's China crisis helps Ladies Irish Open field
Ladies Irish Open boss Roddy Carr avoided some Chinese torture to deliver a world class field at Killeen Castle next month.
The €400,000 curtain-raiser for September’s Solheim Cup could have been turned into a damp squib as it clashed with a $2 million US women’s tour event in China.
But Chinese red tape has tied the Imperial Springs LPGA event up in knots and allowed Carr to sign up US stars Christina Kim, Angela Stanford and teenage sensation Lexi Thompson to accompany major winner Stacey Lewis at the Meath venue from August 5-7.
A Wie incentive - Ladies Irish Open moves to August
The event will be played from August 6-8 - almost certainly at 2011 Solheim Cup venue Killeen Castle - the week after the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
And the presence of Wie - winner of her first professional title just two weeks ago - is guaranteed to draw a huge crowd.
In-form Coakley battered - then teased
It’s cruel to tease but the Ladies European Tour was at it this week.
With the 2011 Solheim Cup coming to Killeen Castle, Coakley is hell bent on becoming the first Irish woman to make the European side to take on the USA. Or at least, she is starting to believe it's more than a pipe dream.
Killeen Castle - golfing heaven
Sitting in Atlanta airport for three days might not seem like one of the perk’s of the greatest job in the world but when weighing up the pro and cons of covering a sport that takes you from the rugged beauty of the west of Ireland to the plains of Kazakhstan or the deserts of Arizona, a 25-minute jaunt from the capital into the heart of County Meath might seem, well, tame.
How wrong I was.
Ireland to host 2011 Solheim Cup
Ireland has landed the 2011 Solheim Cup - thanks to the massive success of the Ryder Cup.
In a major coup, the Ladies European Tour has decided to bring the biennial clash between the top women professionals from the US and Europe to the course that Jack built - the Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle in Co Meath.
Ireland beat off stiff competition from England, Italy, Norway, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain to host the biggest team event in women's golf.
And in a double whammy for Ireland, the Ladies European Tour also agreed to bring back the Ladies Irish Open in 2008 in a five-year combined deal with Failte Ireland worth €5 million.